With all the hustle bustle of planning and executing weddings, it can get quite overwhelming, quite quickly. I commend Kris & Jenny for their tenacity and drive to take the road less traveled. Elopements can be upsetting to family & friends who feel left out – but after all, a marriage ceremony is the commencement and forging of a new family, and a new path forward.
However, Kris and Jenny did not overlook the importance of their photography. They wanted a unique celebration, but also the ability to walk away with gorgeous, timeless images that tell the story of their love. We couldn’t be happier working for couples like themselves that value their photography so highly.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the new George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Kris & Jenny’s ceremony was simple, sweet, & thoughtful. Their Grandmothers were ecstatic, the weather was tempered, and the scotch was flowing. Be sure to stick around for their second blog, complete with formal portraits in the Temple Lofts, and overlooking Downtown Long Beach’s night skyline – spectacular content.
Sometimes, events are like a fairy-tale. When the perfect ingredients are put together: vision, drive, heart, execution – the outcome can be incredible. Neill & Nicole’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Themed Wedding was one of these special occasions. Set in a beautiful private estate in the hills of Tarzana, this property lent every inch to making their dream wedding come true.
Today we bring you a sneak at their day, starting with candids, prep, & details – then moving into portraits & a fun first look. We absolutely love their little details in the model ship – just too much fun! There are an incredible amount of beautiful images, so we decided to stop there & bring you the ceremony & reception images in another post, coming soon – stay tuned!
Today we bring you another lovely wedding from the beautiful Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes. Our couple was just brimming with happiness as their friends & family gathered in this historic chapel for the ceremony. Sometimes focusing on small celebration with a tight-knit group of friends & family can not only simplify a wedding, but it can also allow for budgeting what, in our opinion, should be one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of a wedding – the photography.
We love having the time a flexibility to work with our bride & grooms so they have the most well-rounded selection of images to choose from when it comes time to design their albums. If it were possible to fast-forward 5-10, or even 15-20 years from the wedding day, it helps to see the importance of printing and owning an album – a visual document of those moments & memories. I always joke, but you never know…in 15-20 years our future generations may have no idea what a flash drive or DVD is. A book, however, will always be the most universal & celebrated way to share those memories.
Make sure you click to see more of our couple’s fantastic portraits on the Wayfarers Chapel property!
This year, Long Beach held their annual tree lighting ceremony in collaboration with the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. It took place in the “Holiday Village CHILL” attraction. CHILL had a medley of activities including a gingerbread creation station, a candy cane maze, and of course the awesome Ice Kingdom. This was a whopping 13,000 sq. ft. wonderland handmade entirely out of ice! There were gorgeous and meticulously designed sculptures of whimsical carousal horses, castles, and even penguins. Little ones lined up to get photos with Santa and hear stories read by Mrs. Clause. Others enjoyed a rare Southern California treat, outdoor ice skating on the 6,500 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink.
As a charitable event, participants were encouraged to donate items located on a wish list for admittance. This was a small token of kindness compared to the amazing amount of gifts and attractions it help support. And of course this also was a great way to learn about and contribute to the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House which has been providing an invaluable service as home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving care at a nearby medical facility.
We really got into the spirit of the season with musical wonders, AJ & The Merry Gentlemen and also a stunning performance by the International Children’s Choir. After all the amazing acts and speeches held on the Igloo Stage were complete the man himself, Santa Claus, came out and flipped the switch to light up the 60 foot tree. It was a heartwarming and thrilling event all with the iconically Long Beach back drop of the beautiful Queen Mary setting the stage. With it’s rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco decor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline, it is a must see to all visitors and Long Beach residents alike. Complimentary holiday treats were available in abundance including coffee, chocolates, hot apple cider and Santa’s favorite treat, Cookies!
If you missed Part One of Stefany and Steve’s beautiful Catholic wedding, be sure to go back and check it out. The church was gorgeous and their wedding was rich in tradition. In Part Two, we’re excited to share their bride & groom portraits, plus the reception content from the Ebell Club in Long Beach.
The historic Nativity Catholic Church in Torrance, built in 1924, provides a majestic backdrop to capture our couple, to whom their faith is an important part of their lives. Stefany is easy to photograph in her classic gown and flowing veil. She has an effortless smile and carries herself with grace. She and Steven are so natural with each other as they wander the grounds. We also snapped a few photos of Stefany’s mother helping lace the corset of her dress in the Brides Room.
The bridal party was in high spirits and in the mood to take some whimsical shots employing the balcony of the church as well as the steps. The bridesmaids, all clad in pink, and the groomsmen cheer them on as Steve steals a kiss.
The reception was held a the Ebell Club in Long Beach. This colorful, Spanish-style venue featured an open floor plan and balcony with plenty of space for the entrances and dancing. They had hired a traditional Mariachi band which provided a perfect atmosphere for the celebration. As I said before, the speech that Stafany’s father delivered was so touching & heartfelt – you’ll have to watch their feature film to see what I mean!
As Stefany and Steve dance for the first night as a married couple, their friends gather round to wish them well. Something tells us, given the energy in the room, that this bride and groom will be doing a lot more dancing in the future. Congratulations, Stefany and Steve!
We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Stefany and Steve over the past year, and they are such a gorgeous couple. Their splendid Catholic ceremony at Nativity Church in Torrance was no exception. The above image – a soft kiss in black and white – shows the tenderness & loving nature of Stefany and Steve’s relationship.
Part One of our blog opens with the girls prepping in a suite at the Downtown Long Beach Hilton, which had an awesome view of the city & the port. A confident Stefany beaming into a hand mirror — she knows she looks absolutely stunning! Add some dazzling jewelry and delicate pink roses, and our bride is ready to turn heads. Meanwhile, Steve’s proud father helps him straighten into his suit. The cream tie and slim jacket create a sophisticated and timeless look.
Their ceremony is full of smiling faces. Stefany’s father walks her down the aisle and plants a tender kiss on her forehead before presenting his daughter to her husband. Later, he can be seen wiping away as a tear as he and Stefany’s mother becomes overwhelmed with emotion. Their priest delivers a meaningful, and at times, funny, homily – you’ll have to watch their feature film (coming soon) to hear all his loving & funny moments he speaks about. I don’t want to give too much away, but Stefany’s father delivers some of the most emotional & moving words I’ve ever heard during their reception. It’s hard not to tear up during that part of their film!
In Part Two of the Gofus Wedding Blog, we’ll see the portraits of the couple and their bridal party. We’ve got some fun shots using the architecture of the church where Stefany and Steve’s love really shines through. We’ll also show off the reception, featuring a live mariachi band, lots of dancing, delightful & heartfelt speeches, and a celebration they will never forget!
The 4th installment of project “Catch Up”, Bryce’s first swimming lessons:
Bryce just finished his first ten week session of parent and child swimming lessons! He took the classes through the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department, which were held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Pool here in Long Beach. Bryce loved the water from the very beginning, even though some days he found the mid-80 degree water to be a bit cold and jaw chattering. He is now advanced in splashing and blowing bubbles. He is learning to sit on the edge of the pool until and adult instructs him that it is safe to get in the water. He likes to be dunked under water and always looks so surprised when this happens! Sometimes, he will even dunk his own face in the water! We can’t wait for the next session to start in a few weeks. Our goal for the next session is to work on back floating and kicking. Bryce is such a little fish!